Computer systems developers and programmers

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Overview

Computer systems developers and programmers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for software applications, data processing applications, operating systems-level software and communications software. They are employed in computer software development firms, information technology consulting firms, and in information technology units throughout the public and private sectors.

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Write, modify, integrate and test software code

  • Maintain existing computer programs by making modifications as required

  • Identify and communicate technical problems, processes and solutions

  • Prepare reports, manuals and other documentation on the status, operation and maintenance of software

  • Assist in the collection and documentation of user requirements

  • Assist in the development of logical and physical specifications

  • May lead and coordinate teams of computer programmers

  • May research and evaluate a variety of software products

Job titles

  • computer programmer
  • detail programmer
  • electronic data processing (EDP) applications programmer
  • mainframe systems programmer
  • operating systems programmer
  • programmer analyst

Employment prospects

Source: BC Labour Market Outlook 2023 edition

Annual salary

Low

$48,136

Median

$85,572

High

$130,350

Job openings

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Strong job outlook

British Columbia

1,113

expected job openings (5-year forecast)

Education and training

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma program in computer science, computer engineering or in another discipline with a significant programming component.
  • Specialization in programming for engineering and scientific applications requires specific post-secondary study or experience.

Additional information

  • Progression to information systems analyst is possible with experience.

Certification requirements

Optional: The following certification are optional to practice as Computer systems developers and programmers in B.C.

  • Certification through Canada's Association of Information Technology Professionals - Computer Systems Developers

Certification through Canada's Association of Information Technology Professionals - Computer Systems Developers

Please confirm with the certifying body that your intended program qualifies you for this certification. To work as a computer programmer or interactive media developer in BC, you may choose to become certified through Canada's Association of Information Technology Professionals. Eligibility is achieved through completion of an accredited IT post-secondary program, and/or meeting work experience requirements.

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